How to Partition C Drive in Windows 10 & 11 without Formatting

If you’re running out of space on your C drive, you might be considering partitioning your hard drive. Partitioning is a great way to organize your files and make the most of your storage space. And, if you do it right, you can partition your C drive without formatting or losing any of your data. Here’s how:

How to Partition C Drive in Windows 10

1. Back up your data. Before you do anything, it’s important to back up all of your data. That way, if something goes wrong during the partitioning process, you won’t lose any important files. There are a number of ways to back up your data, so choose the method that’s right for you.

2. Choose the size of the partition. Once you’ve backed up your data, you’ll need to decide how large you want your partitions to be. You’ll want to leave enough space on each partition for all the files you plan to store there. A good rule of thumb is to make each partition at least 20 GB.

3. Use disk management tool. Windows 10 and 11 both have a built-in disk management tool that makes it easy to create partitions. To access this tool, open the Start menu and type “disk management.” Then, find your C drive in the list of drives and right-click on it. From the menu that appears, select “Shrink Volume.” This will open a new window where you can enter the amount of space you want to shrink from C (this will be the size of your new partition). Once you’ve entered the size, click “Shrink.”

4. Create a new volume. In the same window where you shrank your C drive, find the unallocated space that appeared when you shrank C. Right-click on this unallocated space and select “New Simple Volume.” This will open the New Simple Volume Wizard. Click “Next” through the first few screens until you get to the “Specify Volume Size” screen. Here, you can enter the size of the new partition. Once you’ve entered the size, click “Next.”

5 Assign a drive letter or path and finish creating the partition. On the next screen, select whether you want to assign a drive letter or path and click “Next.” Choose an available drive letter from the list (for example, E) and click “Next.” On the final screen, review your choices and click “Finish” to create the partition.

Partitioning your hard drive can be a great way to organize your files and make better use of storage space—and with Windows 10 and 11, it’s easier than ever. Just remember to back up your data before starting and follow these simple steps!


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